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Pilates Noosa: Basic Pilates
It can be difficult to learn and master the core principles of Pilates: concentration, control, precision, breathing, centering and flow. Pilates exercises rely heavily on these principles and by adopting them into your workout, you’re guaranteed better results!
A mat Pilates class requires no other equipment save for yourself, a mat and your instructor. These classes are simpler in comparison to the reformer classes and make use of your body’s weight and gravity in order to work your muscles.
The basis of Pilates is a focus on the muscles that support the skeleton, and in particular, those that support the spine. Working your core muscles will undoubtedly lead to better posture, decreased back pain or aches, improved blood flow and circulation, and a decreased chance of injury – as well as improved overall physical and mental health!
The mat was one of the first tools Joseph Pilates included in his fitness programme when he developed Pilates after World War I. Though more of a support and protective measure during Pilates exercises, the mat is crucial to ensuring your workout is successful and that you don’t hurt yourself during your session.
Mat Pilates class exercises is what most Pilates for beginners classes begin with. Unlike the reformer or TRX exercises, the mat workout doesn’t require any additional equipment or apparatuses. However, this doesn’t mean that mat Pilates exercises are easy – many people who try Pilates for the first time on a mat still have to learn and adapt to the techniques used during Pilates exercises.
Pilates Noosa: Reformer Pilates
If you’re looking to start Reformer Pilates classes, it is usually recommended that you try Mat Pilates first. Why is this recommended? Well, learning and acquiring the techniques needed to properly perform Pilates can be a lot harder to do when you’re also maneuvering a piece of equipment you aren’t familiar with. However, a great trainer and the right attitude can help you start your Reformer Pilates journey in no time. The reformer, which was also developed by Joseph Pilates, is a type of Pilates exercise apparatus that can arguably provide a more intense workout than mat exercises.
It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform, called the carriage, on top which rolls backward and forward on wheels. There is also a footbar at the end of the reformer which is adjustable and holds springs. At the top of the frame, opposite the footbar, there are also some straps with handles that you can place your feet or hands into, depending on the exercise.
The reformer is a highly customisable piece of equipment that makes it possible for people of almost any body type to use it to exercise. It’s a great choice for those looking to improve their core stability and achieve good postural alignment. It’s also perfect for toning up, rehabilitating your body after an injury, or getting a thorough, full-body workout.
The Pilates reformer was developed by Joseph Pilates and is a type of Pilates exercise apparatus that can arguably provide a more intense workout than mat Pilates exercises. It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform, called the carriage, on top which rolls backward and forward on wheels. There is also a footbar at the end of the reformer which is adjustable and holds springs. At the top of the frame, opposite the footbar, there are also some straps with handles that you can place your feet or hands into, depending on the exercise.
BENEFITS OF TRX AND FUNCTIONAL TRAINING
The Benefits of TRX in pilates functional training is that you are moving the body (upper and lower) through a sequence of movement fluidly. Conditioning your arms or legs in TRX will enhance your strength through multiple frames of one particular movement pattern. For example: if you do a full squat jump from full flexion to full extension, you will have different positions that will be more challenging than others. This movement is training your body to work in every phase of that squat.
You might be really strong in a mid squat and could hold it for two minutes, or, you could go just below that mid-range squat and only be able to hold for 20 seconds. The beauty in the TRX is we can safely get you into a top to bottom movement making your strength range much broader than just that one position squat.
TRX & PILATES NOOSA
The TRX straps give you the stability to place your body in otherwise impossible ways to stand, squat, or lean into. This emphasises transitional movement, and also increases strength in potentially weak areas. The goal is then actualized when you are stronger in a multidimensional way, which will also decrease your potential of injury.
In conclusion, TRX and pilates will overall increase your strength, mobility, and body awareness. These aspects will make you stronger and help you be less likely to injure yourself.
What is Plyometric training?
Plyometric training are exercises that include jumping, skipping, and explosive movement such as jump squats. The purpose of Plyometric training is to increase power and speed. There are two kinds of muscle contraction:
- Eccentric work is the muscle lengthened (going down a mountain)
- Concentric work is the muscle shortened (going up a mountain)
The basics of Plyometric is that we want to have a short recovery from our explosive movements so that the muscle builds power. When you do exercises on the jump board (reformer) for instance, your recovery between jumps is very short.
This will allow the muscle to develop and grow stronger because of the demand on the muscle in the short time frame. This is also why jump squats on the TRX are helpful because we are building your muscle to be stronger and more responsive. This is the same for arm work with short recovery.
Pilates has a mixture of slow movement which is a lot of the eccentric work we were talking about before that will build endurance and stability. This is also why we add in exercises that add more fast explosive movement with little recovery so that your muscle power will also be increased.
If you are looking for a workout that will target both kinds of work in your body the reformer and TRX classes will be great for building power and speed to your muscle conditioning. Whether you are cross training for a sport, want to have less back pain, want to feel stronger and more in control of your body, these activities will suit your needs.